Association in crisis as chairman resigns

Chairman of the Hindley Residents association Allan Heffernan is urginh residents to donate to his footpath appeal as WLCT are matching public donations with a ratio of 1 to 9

Chairman of the Hindley Residents association Allan Heffernan is urginh residents to donate to his footpath appeal as WLCT are matching public donations with a ratio of 1 to 9

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A RESIDENTS’ association is facing a crisis after the resignation of two stalwarts.

Allan Heffernan, chairman of Hindley Residents’ Association and his wife Kathryn, who is vice-chairman, have had to stand down because of business commitments, but no replacement officials have come forward. Other vacancies include treasurer and secretary.

Mr Heffernan says it will be a loss to the town if the revived organisation, which has celebrated a number of victories over the past 12 months, is now allowed to die.

Now a public meeting will be held at St Benedict’s Club on August 9 in a bid to find new officers.

It will offer one last chance for officials to come forward - or the organisation will be wound up.

Victories for the organisation include returning the controversial Bird Ith Hand “pinch point” junction to its originally wider and more free flowing version, having a path installed down the middle of Rayner Park, a public notice board installed by the council in Market Street and work parties cleaning up graffiti and grot spots around the town centre.

The organisation has also been involved in campaigns to save the town’s library and swimming pool from Government cuts.

He said: “We have accomplished quite a lot with quite a few big successes and I so want to see it continue if at all possible

“I have had to stand down because I just won’t have the time or availability to have any kind of input or impact with HRA in the future. We fear this could end up triggering the dissolution of the association.”

The meeting on August 9 starts at 7pm.